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Mimicking a practice called ciclovia that started in Colombia and has spread across the globe, the state will close Robinson Avenue along Lake Eola park in downtown Orlando to cars and trucks for most of Sunday, September 21st.
With support from FDOT, CUTR helped remind the University of South Florida campus in Tampa to walk wise, bike smart, and drive safely. The video linked above shows some highlights from the campaign kickoff event.
FDOT promoted pedestrian and bicyclist safety at annual MLB Citrus Series games between the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins.
Scott Lagasse Jr., who has teamed up with Alert Today Alive Tomorrow to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety, raced at the NASCAR Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach FL, July 4th 2014.
High Visibility Enforcement Funding Opportunity!
Crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than any other types of crashes, and the financial impacts and suffering caused by these crashes are significant. As a result, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is looking to supplement ongoing educational campaigns with high visibility enforcement operations in the most needed locations. FDOT now has funding available for law enforcement agencies to conduct High Visibility Enforcement operations for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Click HERE for a pdf with more program and application details.
Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative
In November 2011, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad charged District One Secretary Billy Hattaway with the task of championing Florida’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative. Secretary Hattaway quickly formed a team and began working towards the goal of increasing awareness and decreasing fatalities of bicyclists and pedestrians in Florida.
Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan
The purpose of Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP) is to focus funding and resources on the areas that have the greatest opportunity to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, injuries, and crashes. The PBSSP is designed to provide a comprehensive strategy to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues by identifying goals, objectives, strategies, tasks, and performance measures for key program areas including:
Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition
Many agencies, organizations, and groups have responsibilities and interests in pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition was formed to prioritize and implement the strategies identified in the PBSSP. This diverse group represents many agencies and organizations that have a vested interest in pedestrian and bicycle safety in Florida.
Alert Today Alive Tomorrow
As part of FDOT Secretary Prasad’s initiative, the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign is being presented via TV, radio, social media, transit advertising, local education, and enforcement activities. The message that “Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” is a reminder for all roadway users to pay attention and follow the rules of the road.